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Wilson Named CIAA Coach of the Year


The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), along with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, recently announced that Elizabeth City State University Head Coach Earnest Wilson III as the 2016 CIAA Football Coach of the Year.

In his first year at the helm of the Vikings’ football program, Wilson led his team to a 5-5 overall record, going 4-3 in conference play and 3-2 in the Northern Division. Throughout the season, Elizabeth City State climbed the rankings in the Northern Division and had a run to appear at the 2016 CIAA Football Championship after upsetting division rivals Chowan University (40-21) and Virginia Union University (24-21).

Offensively, ECSU averaged 28.3 points per conference game while marking 220.1 passing and 167.3 rushing yards. The Vikings defense ranked second in the CIAA in sacks (19) and grabbed a total of 424 conference tackles on the season.

2016 marked Wilson’s 25th year of coaching. He joined ECSU with a strong background in college and professional coaching experiences, most recently from Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) member Savannah State University where he served as the head football coach since 2013. Prior to SSU, Wilson served as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Hampton University in 2012.

FVSU Wins SIAC Football Championship Fort Valley State won its first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Football Championship since 1999 on November 12 in a game played at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama with a 33-30 double overtime win over Kentucky State.

In a game that featured three ties, the Wildcats (5-6 overall) secured their momentum late in the fourth quarter. After missing a 24- yard field goal with 10 minutes left, Fort Valley State regained possession of the ball on the next play when Atavious Brown forced a fumble that was recovered by Sam Goode on FVSU’s 20-yard line. Kicker Juan Serna tied the game at 24 with a 37-yard field goal with 8:32 to play.

Neither team was able to find the end zone in overtime but exchanged field goals to tie the game at 27 heading into double overtime. KSU kicker Bill Rose gave the Thorobreds (5-6) a 30-27 lead with a 32-yard field goal but it was Chauncey Jackson’s 11-yard game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Otis Brown that sealed the deal for the Wildcats.

Jackson was named the MVP of the game for Fort Valley State while Raymond Malone was selected as the MVP of the game for Kentucky State. First-year head coach Kevin Porter of Fort Valley State was

Earnest Wilson III
Earnest Wilson III
named the Coach of the Game.

Kentucky State took a 21-14 lead at halftime over Fort Valley State. The Thorobreds attacked early in the first quarter and clinched a 7-0 edge with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jules St. Ge to Reginal Harris at the 9:17 mark. After KSU went up 14-0 off a 58-yard run from Lavelle Cloyd, the Wildcats jumped on the board with an eightplay drive that was capped off with a 2-yard run by Chauncey Jackson with less than four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

In the second half, KSU controlled the clock and used seven minutes to complete a 13-play drive that resulted in a 5-yard touchdown run from Darmontre Ware with 6:52 remaining in the first half. However the Wildcats responded seconds later with Brian Walker’s 90-yard kickoff return to slice KSU’s advantage to 21-14 at the 6:33 mark.

Fort Valley evened the scored in the third quarter when Brown threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bolden Davis with 7:05 remaining. With 27 seconds left, Rose regained KSU’s lead with a career-best 45- yard field goal.

KSU rolled up 384 yards of offense but had 10 penalties for 101 yards. The Wildcats had 360 yards of offense and controlled the clock for over 46 minutes. Cloyd ran for a game-high 119 yards for the Thorobreds while Brown passed for 254 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Bluejackets, Warriors Advance In State Playoffs Ahlik Fenn scored two touchdowns to lead Savannah High past Cook County 27-3, in the first round of the state AAA playoffs in a game played at Memorial Stadium on November 12. Fenn ran the ball five times for 81 yards and a touchdown which catching two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. The victory gives SHS a 9-2 record and advances them into the second round where they will travel to Westminister, from Region 5, this weekend. Westminister defeated North Hall 49-18 on Nov. 11.

Jenkins improved to 10-1 with a 31-14 first round win over Doughtery County in a game played at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 11. Jenkins trailed 14-10 at the half but held the visitors scoreless in the second half to earn the win. HVJ was led by Joe Burke who ran for a pair of touchdowns and Javonte Middleton who passed for one score and ran for another. The Warriors will host Cedar Grove from Region 5in the next round of the AAA playoffs. Cedar Grove defeated Union County 63-17 on Nov. 12.

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